Ralph Jones, the South African National Taxi Council’s Johannesburg chairman, said he heard of the killings on Saturday while driving back from Venda, Limpopo, where a member from the Alexandra Taxi Association was also shot and killed.
“We get criticism because the world is saying that we hide when things like these happen. We are being told that we are killers.
"Taxi people, we need to stop blaming the government for the killings. When will we start looking at ourselves so we can bring this to an end?” he asked.
He also told mourners that despite the arrests that were made in connection with the deaths, it would not bring back their members.
“Our leadership, including the government and police, need to intervene. We cannot be burying our members every weekend,” Jones said.
Meanwhile, police spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo, confirmed that arrests had been made in connection with the massacre but would not comment further.
“We can confirm that four men have been arrested. We can confirm one suspect is linked to the shooting but we are still questioning the other three,” Naidoo said.